THINKING OF JOINING A CLASS!
What to wear? What to bring?
If you are new to yoga you might be wondering what you should wear or bring and how to prepare yourself for classs.
Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. The room will be warm but it might take you a few minutes to get comfortable so a layer or two on top is a good idea, again soft, stretchy clothes that don't restrict your movement. Layers should be easy to remove when you warm up and your inner layer should be something lite and cool in case you work up a sweat. I wear leggings and a tank top with a long sleeve jersey shirt and a warm scarf and cosy jumper on top.
Socks are a good idea for the start and end of the class but be prepared to remove them if they don’t have sticky soles as we begin to practice yoga postures so you won’t slip! You won’t need sports shoes.
Bring a yoga mat if you have one. I have a few spares which I bring with me in case someone wants to try out different mats before they buy or has forgotten their mat.
Your yoga mat will become precious to you, it’s your personal space during class and provides cushioning and stability during your practice. Getting the right mat for you takes time so if you are a beginner, buy a simple, inexpensive mat and try it out. If you are thinking of buying a mat, I recommend 3mm to 6mm thickness for yoga, thicker mats make balance postures more difficult but if you have a mat for keep fit or Pilates that will be fine. Standard length mats are 183mm long and 60 to 65mm wide. Extra long mats are only needed if you are very tall.
Other useful equipment includes:
A blanket or large warm scarf to use as padding and a cover-up during relaxation
Yoga blocks and/or yoga bricks if you have them, I bring some to use in class until you decide to buy these to use in your home practice or in class.
Yoga strap if you have one, I have some to use in class until you decide to buy one of your own.
It is best not to eat a large meal before a yoga class or practice. You want your stomach to be largely empty so you can move comfortably and your body isn’t trying to focus on digestion instead of movement. Yoga is best practiced 3 hours after your last meal; sometimes this isn’t possible but as long as possible between eating and practicing is a good idea and if you can’t avoid eating, a light snack closer to a class is fine. A few sips of water before or during a class is fine but, again, don’t fill your stomach.
Other than that, come ready to have a go, to do your best at that time and on that day and to relax and to enjoy moving. Yoga is a journey not a destination, we are all there to learn and improve our own practice. I look forward to meeting you.
You are welcome to message me any questions you might have.